Past Tense

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  • Q1

    In the following passage, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and after it.
    Jenny told me that she had to London (a) _____ before.
    If I not eaten all that ice-cream I (b) _____
    would not have stomach ache now.
    Jane rescued a dog which fallen into (c) _____
    the pond.
    The pavement was wet as it had (d) _____ raining.
    We arrived when the film started. (e) _____
    We had living in London for two years (f) _____
    when our daughter was born.
    I did not go to the class because I not (g) _____
    done my homework.
    I broken my ankle, so I could not go (h) _____
    skiing last year.
    She had studying French for three years (i) _____
    when she took the exam.
    I felt ill because I eaten two tubs of (j) _____
    of ice-cream.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) had been to
    (b) I had not
    (c) which had fallen
    (d) had been raining
    (e) film had started
    (f) had been living
    (g) I had not
    (h) I had broken
    (i) had been studying
    (j) I had eaten

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  • Q2

    Read the paragraph and supply the suitable phrase wherever necessary.

    had been thinking had lost had not gone

    had been hoping had decided

    had not been had known had been walking

    had been traveling had been missing

    Julie ______________ for hours when she suddenly noticed that the sun was sinking low in the sky. She _______ track of time because she ________ about the most important decision she would ever had to make in her life.

    Things ­­­­________ the same between Julie and her fiancé, David, since he accepted a job in Paris. They ______ each other for five years at that time. She ________ him terribly when he was away. Julie _______ to Paris as she _________ that her fiancé would return. He, on the other hand, never came back. She finally called off the marriage after she __________ to marry somebody who could be with her. She ___________ the world for years when she finally happened to meet the right person.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    Julie had been walking for hours when she suddenly noticed that the sun was sinking low in the sky. She had lost track of time because she had been thinking about the most important decision she would ever had to make in her life.

    Things had not been the same between Julie and her fiancé, David, since he accepted a job in Paris. They had known each other for five years at that time. She had been missing him terribly when he was away. Julie had not gone to Paris as she had been hoping that her fiancé would return. He, on the other hand, never came back. She finally called off the marriage after she had decided to marry somebody who could be with her. She had been travelling the world for years when she finally happened to meet the right person.

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  • Q3

    Read the following sentences and correct the errors. There is an error in every line. Write the incorrect word and the correction in your answer sheet against the correct question number.
    Several senior engineers left the (a) ­­_____
    company by the time the new CEO arrived.
    When you were ill, have you been (b) ­­­­_____
    eating enough?
    Has it been raining when you left (c) _____ the restaurant?
    I have a shower because I had (d) ­­­­_____
    been played squash. (e) ­­­­_____
    Sam gained weight because he
    has been overeating. (f) ­­­­_____
    Peter told me that he has (g) _____
    already pay the bill. (h) _____
    The miners is digging all night (i) _____
    long when an explosion occurred. ­­­
    He had be thinking about her (j) ­­­­_____
    even after she left .

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) had left
    (b) had
    (c) had
    (d) had
    (e) playing
    (f) had
    (g) had
    (h) paid
    (i) had been digging
    (j) been

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  • Q4

    Choose the correct sentence with the appropriate tenses:
    1.
    (a) We could not send you a postcard because we had lost our address book.
    (b) We could not send you a postcard because we lost our address book.

    2.

    (a) I went outside as I had heard a noise.
    (b) I went outside as I heard a noise.

    3.

    (a) After they had finished their meal they left for school.
    (b) After they have finished their meal they left for school.

    4.

    (a) When they cancelled the flight to New York, the storm was raging all afternoon with no signs of abating.
    (b) When they cancelled the flight to New York, the storm had been raging all afternoon with no signs of abating.

    5.

    (a) I had taken my friends out to lunch before I stopped at an ATM.
    (b) I have taken my friends out to lunch before I stopped at an ATM.

    6.

    (a) We had just stood up to leave when the waiter tripped and dropped his tray on our table.
    (b) We are just standing up to leave when the waiter tripped and dropped his tray on our table.

    7.

    (a) My grandfather was living in a small village in Italy when the war started.
    (b) My grandfather had been living in a small village in Italy when the war started.

    8.
    (a) She drinks an icy fruit drink when her head started to ache.
    (b) She had been drinking an icy fruit drink when her head started to ache.

    9.

    (a) The pharmacist have already left for home by the time we reached the shop.
    (b) The pharmacist had already left for home by the time we reached the shop.

    10.

    (a) She went back to the dentist because her tooth is hurting her.
    (b) She went back to the dentist because her tooth had been hurting her.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. (a) We could not send you a postcard because we had lost our address book.
    2. (a) I went outside as I had heard a noise.
    3. (a) After they had finished their meal they left for school.
    4. (b) When they cancelled the flight to New York, the storm had been raging all afternoon with no signs of abating.
    5. (a) I had taken my friends out to lunch before I stopped at an ATM.
    6. (a) We had just stood up to leave when the waiter tripped and dropped his tray on our table.
    7. (b) My grandfather had been living in a small village in Italy when the war started.
    8. (b) She had been drinking an icy fruit drink when her head started to ache.
    9. (b) The pharmacist had already left for home by the time we reached the shop.
    10. (b) She went back to the dentist because her tooth had been hurting her.

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  • Q5

    Fill each blank with the correct form of tenses.
    (i) He ______ her two years before we met. (marry)
    (ii) When I saw you, I realised that we _____________. (already, meet)
    (iii) She _________________(talk) on the phone for a few minutes when the eagle fetched the dog.
    (iv) She _______________ (leave) the house when the dog started following her outside.
    (v) They ______________ (run) away from the eagle when it suddenly took their food from the bag.
    (vi) I lost the key that she _________ (give) to me.
    (vii) __________ (you, finish) the food before the lights went off?
    (viii) We _________ (watch) the play when the lights went off.
    (ix) He was really angry because he ______________ (wait) for more than half an hour when I arrived.
    (x) I ______ (try) to get tickets for that play for months before my friend finally got them.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) had married
    (ii) had already met
    (iii) had been talking
    (iv) had left
    (v) had been running
    (vi) had given
    (vii) had you finished
    (viii) had been watching
    (ix) had been waiting
    (x) had been trying

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